MLB Commisioner Bud Selig

Replay Could Be Coming to Baseball This Season

June 13, 2008 06:35 PM
by Denis Cummings
Reports say that Major League Baseball is hoping to institute replay before the end of the regular season, much sooner than previously expected.

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Baseball's current plan to implement replay dates back to last November, when general managers voted to explore the possibility of using replay.

The debate intensified in May, when three home run calls were missed in four days. Soon after, MLB announced in May that it would test replay in the Arizona Fall League and possibly institute it for the 2009 season.

A report in the USA Today suggests that replay will be implemented much sooner. According to anonymous sources in the World Umpires Association, MLB has approached the WUA with plans to start using replay as soon as August 1.

Home run calls and possibly fair/foul call would be eligible for review; on-field umpires would still determine all ball/strike and out/safe calls.

Baseball has customarily been slow to implement changes to the game, however, and commissioner Bud Selig opposes replay. He, like many other traditionalists, feels than the “human element” is part of the game.

“What makes the game good is the human element of it. The mistakes. Like the strike zone,” said Mets relief pitcher Billy Wagner said. “Those are human decisions. If it’s right or wrong, you just go with it.”

Proponents of replay think that baseball’s first priority should be trying to get every call correct, even if it means breaking 150 years of tradition. “If a minimum use of video replay makes the game better, I must reluctantly say it should be tried,” says self-described purist Hal Bondley.

Headline Link: Baseball to test instant replay

Background: General managers push for replay

Reactions: Players, managers and executives share their opinions

Historical Context: The replay debate

Opinion & Analysis: Should baseball use replay?


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